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Drivers head home after Memorial Day celebrations

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LUDLOW, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Memorial Day weekend has come to a close and many people are battling traffic heading home to begin the workweek.

Drivers Western Mass News spoke with along the Mass Pike said their concerns for others out on the road is distracted drivers.

Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest holidays there is when it comes to traffic as people take advantage of the unofficial start to summer.

With so many out on the roads, the chances of encountering a distracted driver only go up.

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration said cell phones are a major issue.

Their most recent study in 2016 found that over 480,000 cars were driven by people using cell phones.

"People who are not paying attention and will rear-end you or do something even worse," said Jay Wright. 

The Mass DOT advises drivers to avoid using their phones and if people need to use one they can take advantage of one of the many plazas along the highway.

Plazas are also giving away free coffee on Memorial Day from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Peak travel hours will go until 7 p.m.

To take a look at your local traffic conditions before you head out the door, be sure to check our LIVE traffic map on our website and in the app.

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